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Posted on Aug 22, 2014 2:00:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 22, 2014 2:02:24 PM PDT
Roman85 says:
Oh, this one is a tough one....but these are the ones that come to my mind...

1. Speed
2. Raiders of the lost ark
3. Superman (1978)
4. Star Trek (2009)
5. Lethal Weapon
6. The Mask of Zorro
7. Star Wars Ep III Revenge of the Sith
8. Lethal Weapon 4
9. Titanic
10. Dances with Wolves
11. Heat (1995)
12. Tombstone
13. Midnight Run
14. Internal Affairs
15. Forrest Gump
16. Star Wars (1977)
17. King Kong (2005)
18. Collateral
19. Iron Man 2
20. The Avengers (2012)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2014 7:16:11 PM PDT
BackToGood says:
2001:A Space Odyssey
The Godfather
Lawrence of Arabia
Citizen Kane
The Searchers
Sunset Boulevard
Paths of Glory
Taxi Driver
The Maltese Falcon
On the Waterfront
North by Northwest
The Conversation
Back to the Future
The Wizard of Oz
The Graduate
The Untouchables

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 4:02:04 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
That's cool, I haven't seen it yet. Maybe I will try to rent it tonight. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2014 2:46:24 PM PDT
Tony says:
Budas Root: It makes my top twenty for now. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's one of those movies where the success of it hinges upon what observations and meanings the viewer accords to it. It's quite vague.

But yes, highly recommended. It easily reserved a spot in my top ten films of the year along with "Boyhood" and "Palo Alto".

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 3:52:12 PM PDT
KTKT says:
In no particular order

-When Harry Met Sally
-The Notebook
-Just Friends
-Peggy Sue Got Married
-The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
-Harry Potter Series
-The Hunger Games (prefer the second over the first)
-The Labyrinth
-The Dark Crystal
-Howl's Moving Castle
-Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
-Galaxy Quest
-Guardians of the Galaxy
-Gone With The Wind
-Catch Me If You Can
-Monster's Inc
-Beautiful Creatures
-Beauty and the Beast
-Princess Mononoke

Honorable mentions:
TV mini series: The 10th Kingdom and Merlin (Sam Neil)

Apparently I like a lot of rom coms and fantasy haha. This is definitely not my top 20 of all time but definitely the movies I could watch over and over again.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 2:47:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2014 7:00:11 AM PDT
Based primarily on re-watchability:

Star Wars - only the original unmolested '77 classic holds up for me
Road House - mullets and monster trucks, what more do you want?
The Blues Brothers - has some of the best cameos ever
Conan the Barbarian - the "1" in the one-two punch that made Arnold a star
The Terminator - the "2" in the one-two punch that made Arnold a star
The Road Warrior - absolutely riveting, and demands to be seen on a big screen
Lawrence of Arabia - the epic to end all epics
Caddyshack - possibly the most quotable film of all time, next to Spinal Tap
The Bad News Bears - for better or worse, this was my generation in '76
Jaws - somehow this draws me in every time, could be Richard Dreyfuss
Psycho - borders on cheesiness, but then so does a lot of Hitchcock
Kind Hearts and Coronets - Oscar Wilde could have written this, it's that good
Auntie Mame - wish I had Rosalind Russell for an auntie
The Producers - don't even bother with the lame remake
Harold and Maude - May/December was never done better or funnier, imho
Enter the Dragon - the best of the Bruce Lee flicks, or at least the one I watch most
Big Trouble In Little China - an awesome John Carpenter film, per another thread here
Up In Smoke - "I think we're parked, man!"
Horse Feathers - "Whatever it is, I'm against it!"
Top Secret - "It all sounds like some bad movie!"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2014 4:41:44 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
Under the Skin makes your top 20, wow. High recommendation. I haven't seen it yet but I really love the soundtrack by Mica Levi. If it's as good and scary as the music then it's definitely worth watching.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 8:01:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2014 2:42:58 PM PDT
Tony says:
In no particular order(I'll try for twenty):

Taxi Driver (1976)
Fish Tank (2009)
The Hustler(1961)
Five Easy Pieces(1970)
Lost In Translation(2003)
Sling Blade(1996)
The Weather Man(2005)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Under The Skin(2014)
Risky Business(1983)
Blade Runner(1982)
Jerry Maguire(1996)
Days Of Heaven(1978)
There Will Be Blood(2007

I'll stop there.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 5:58:04 PM PDT
Modern Romance (Albert Brooks, 1981)
Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
The Big Clock (John Farrow, 1948)
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (Seth Gordan, 2007)
Raising Arizona (Coen Dudes, 1987)
If... (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)
Dogtown and Z-Boys (Stacy Peralta, 2001)
The Swimmer (Frank Perry/Sydney Pollack, 1968)
Dawn of the Dead (George A. Romero, 1978)
Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (Banksy, 2010)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962)
The Castle (Rob Sitch, 1997)
The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985)
Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
The Warriors (Walter "Also The Man" Hill, 1978)
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
Go West (Buster Keaton, 1925)
Glengarry Glen Ross (James Foley, 1992)
A Sense of History (Mike Leigh, 1992)

I guess.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 5:37:23 PM PDT
Goal Hum says:
1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. Star Wars (1977)
3. The Godfather
4. Once upon a time in the West
5. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
6. The Dark Knight
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
8. Alien
9. The Terminator
10. Aliens
11. Conan the Barbarian
12. Avatar
13. La gloire de mon pere
14. Le chateau de ma mere
15. Delicatessen
16. The Thing
17. Wages of fear
18. 12 angry men
19. Dune
20. The Matrix

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 3:25:44 PM PDT
Tony says:

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 6:08:09 AM PDT
Rykre says:
Movies I never tire of watching:

The City of Lost Children
Altered States
The Joy Luck Club
Escape From New York

Magnum Force
Porky's II: The Next Day
Monster's Inc.
Dazed and Confused

Cloud 9
Bitch Slap
DOA: Dead or Alive
Man of the House
Sucker Punch

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Gate of Flesh
Chasing Papi

Crocodile Dundee I & II
Gloomy Sunday
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Darren Aronofsky's "Pi"

Foxy Brown
Black Mama, White Mama
A Soldier's Story
Freedom Writers

The Road Warrior
The Next Karate Kid
Trading Places
First Blood
Machete (only the first one)

Mississippi Burning
La Bamba
Great Balls of Fire
Mr. Mom
D. C. Cab

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 5:26:24 AM PDT
20 favorite movies others have mentioned

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
Ed Wood
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
To Kill a Mockingbird
Young Frankenstein
Conan the Barbarian
Groundhog Day
Yellow Submarine
A Beautiful Mind
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Cloud Atlas
Pan's Labyrinth
The Hunger Games
Minority Report

20 favorite movies no one's mentioned yet

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Harold and Maude
The Ruling Class
The Magic Christian
Flash Gordon (1980)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Monty Python's Meaning of Life
The Quiet Earth
Blade Runner
Pink Floyd The Wall
Jesus Christ Superstar
Repo Man
Donnie Darko
Glen or Glenda
Little Shop of Horrors (musical)
This is Spinal Tap
The Rocketeer
Buckaroo Banzai
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Napoleon Dynamite
Being John Malkovitch
Withnail & I
The World According to Garp

(These are excluding my previous 20 categories. I cheated on "Holy Grail" since Gilliam didn't direct all of it.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 11:12:57 AM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
In no particular order:

The Great Escape
On the Waterfront
Citizen Kane
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (I'm going to cheat a little and count these as one)
Annie Hall
The Best Years of Our Lives
North by Northwest
Lawrence of Arabia
Once Upon a Time in the West
Singin' in the Rain
City Lights
The Big Sleep
Le Grande Illusion
National Lampoon's Animal House
A Hard Day's Night
The Grapes of Wrath
The Deer Hunter
From Here to Eternity
2001: A Space Odyssey

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 5:33:26 AM PDT
Favorite Terry Gilliam - Brazil
Favorite Star Wars - Return of the Jedi*
Favorite Star Trek - Star Trek IV the Voyage Home
Favorite Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite X-Men - X-Men : Days of Future Past**
Favorite non-X-Men Marvel - The Avengers (or maybe Captain America: the Winter Soldier)
Favorite Spider-Man movie - Hm, I'll have to think about it. Either Spider-Man II or Amazing Spider-Man I
Favorite Superman movie - Superman II
Favorite Batman - one of Nolan's (I'll have to rewatch them to pick one)
Favorite non-traditional DC movie - Watchmen
Favorite Disney movie - insufficient data. I guess "Aladdin"
Favorite anime movie - End of Evangelion***
Favorite Humphrey Bogart movie - Casablanca
Favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie - Psycho
Favorite James Bond movie - something with Connery in it other than Dr. No or Thunderball or Never say Never Again
Favorite Coen Brother's - Oh Brother, Where art Thou?
Favorite Martin Scorsese - After Hours
Favorite Stephen King - The Shining
Favorite Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
Favorite Horror/SciFi**** - John Carpenter's the Thing

*I don't hate the Ewoks as much as some do
**This may be colored by the fact that it's the freshest one, and I've only seen it once.
***But requires having seen the original series
****Meaning a film that's both Sci Fi and Horror

Next, for a challenge, I'll have to come up with 20 movies that don't fit into any of the above categories.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 12:07:24 PM PDT
BR: Any deluxe treatment of Cronenberg is good news.

However, have you forgotten his two student films, which are short features (albeit not commercial)--Stereo and Crimes Of The Future? They are available on the dvd of Fast Company. Stereo, in particular, is in many ways as good a film as he ever made, and contains many of the themes that would continue to dominate his work.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 7:42:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 7:13:14 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
1-Godfather II
2-The French Connection
The Last Detail
City of God
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Godfather I
Midnight Cowboy
Boogie Nights
Dog Day Afternoon
The Parallax View
The Conversation
Straw Dogs
Prime Cut
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
Three Days of the Condor

1-Blazing Saddles
3-Lost in America
My Favorite Year
Everything About Sex
Love and Death
Take the Money and Run
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Play It Again Sam
Broadway Danny Rose
Small Time Crooks
Up in Smoke
The Groove Tube
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World
Defending Your Life
Fire Sale

1-The Last Waltz
2-Gimmie Shelter

31 of 43 from the 70's
9 Woody Allen movies
6-Al Pacino movies

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 5:21:42 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
David Cronenberg fans, the UK is finally rereleasing his first feature, They Came From Within a.k.a Shivers, in a dual format deluxe box set!!!! Truly an event!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:08:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Jun 16, 2014 4:04:41 AM PDT
The Wizard says:
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Barry Lyndon
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Citizen Kane
5. Lawrence Of Arabia
6. Patton
7. Schindler's List
8. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
9. A Lion In Winter
10. Becket
11. Richard III (Olivier)
12. Ghandi
13. Braveheart
14. Raging Bull
15. The Godfather
16. Malcolm X
17. True Romance
18. The Outlaw Josey Wales
19. Life Is Beautiful
20. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

I am a 67 year old avid film buff, so my selections are somewhat older films...

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 8:34:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2014 5:56:49 AM PDT
Meatwad says:
I know what my top 10, but the other 10 is going to be made up of randomized movies I love.

Hot Fuzz.
Pan's Labyrinth.
Jurassic Park.
The Good The Bad and The Ugly.
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut).
There Will Be Blood.
Cloud Atlas.
Naked Lunch.

Other 10 (just winging it and no order):
The Pianist.
A Town Called Panic.
28 Days Later.
Hard Candy.
District 9.
Children of Men.
Kill Bill (Vol. 2 especially).

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 8:04:14 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
Justin, who started singing Don't Cry for Me Argentina when I showed him this thread (very badly), says these are his:

1. Un Chien Andalou
2. Scorpio Rising
3. Berlin Alexanderplatz
4. Only God Forgives
5. Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
6. Mr. Arkadin
7. Blonde Venus
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
9. Bugcrush
10. Germany Year Zero
11. Jubilee
12. My Own Private Idaho
13. Two Small Bodies
14. Broken Blossoms
15. Enter the Void
16. Nymphomaniac Volume II
17. Track 29
18. The Chelsea Girls
19. Les Carabiniers
20. Greed

... and here's my list:

1. Blue Velvet
2. Rome, Open City
3. Malcolm X
4. From Here to Eternity
5. The Big Red One
6. Brick
7. Los Olvidados
8. Hour of the Wolf
9. Alice in the Cities
10. The Big Sleep
11. Twelve Years a Slave
12. Essential Killing
13. 2001: A Space Odyssey
14. Into the Abyss
15. Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!
16. Pusher
17. Nights of Cabiria
18. Steamboat Bill, Jr.
19. Road to Nowhere
20. Higher Learning

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2014 7:07:33 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
Nazarin is available on a great DVD with a beautiful transfer and perfect aspect ratio, in the Vive Mexico Alter's Collection,

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 5:00:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2014 5:40:50 PM PDT
Mike B. says:
1. Boogie Nights
2. Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
3. The Apostle
4. A Slight Case Of Murder
5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
6. I'm No Angel
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
9. Minority Report
10. Life Of Pi
11. A Foreign Affair
12. American Hustle
13. The Last Seduction
14. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
15. Rushmore
16. American Graffiti
17. The Man Who Fell To Earth
18. Pulp Fiction
19. Nashville
20. Velvet Goldmine
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